Whitney 1861 Navy Percussion Rifle

Also known as The Plymouth Rifle, its design was inspired by the French military “Carabine a Tige” percussion rifle. One of the U.S. Navy’s most well known ordnance officers, Captain John A. Dahlgren, recommended the production of The Plymouth. The U.S.S. Plymouth, under the command of Captain Dahlgren, was where the gun was originally developed c. 1856-1858 and derives its nickname from the vessel.

This Rifle is 69 caliber, single shot muzzle loader, with a 34″ inch round barrel. Black walnut stock with inspector’s initials JHG in the wood on the side opposite the lock. The trigger guard has a spur finger grip behind the guard bow. Lockplate is of 2nd style, marked with small eagle-shield motif over U.S. ahead of the hammer and WHITNEY-VILLE under bolster. Stamped vertically with the date 1864 at the rear of the lock.





U.S. Navy Officer’s Spanish- American War Sword Id’d to Howell C. Cooper

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAU.S. Navy Officer’s Spanish- American War Sword Id’d to Howell C. Cooper
This Naval Officer’s sword dates to the Spanish-American War. It has an ornately etched blade with the mark “I. Bernstein. Brooklyn, NY” above the hilt. The guard is decorated with oak leaves and stamped with “U.S.N.” and the grip is sting ray and brass wire. The scabbard is leather with brass ornamentation including a dolphin drag. It does however have two separations, one of which was taped in an attempt to repair it. The sword belonged to Howell C. Cooper and the blade is etched with his name. He was an assistant engineer and served from May 25th 1898 to March 1st 1899.

Knights of the Golden Eagle Horstmann Sword

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis sword was once part of the rituals of an organization known as The Knights of the Gold Eagle (KGE). The group was founded in 1872 and though it once had as many as 20,000 members their existence has diminished considerably. They encouraged Christian values in everyday life and one of its original functions was to find employment for its members and aid them while unemployed. Many of its workings had a military slant to them, as their internal machinations, such as the titles of various members (especially those in key or esteemed positions) were based largely on the legends surrounding the crusades. One unfortunate piece of history that still shadows the KGE is that one of their members was responsible for the assassination of President McKinley. The blade of this sword is of German make, crafted by the Solingen firm of Weyersberg-Kirschbaum and bears its ark. The rest of the piece was made by the Horstmann company. It has an intricately decorated brass scabbard and a finely etched blade. The piece likely dates to the 1880’s and has a 29 inch blade.

Model 1888 “Trapdoor” Rifle, a.k.a. “Ramrod-Bayonet Model”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpringfield produced several models of the “Trapdoor Springfields” in the late 19th century. They were an attempt to combine the bayonet and cleaning rod into a single unit, as previous bayonets were considered obsolete. The Model 1888 was a combination of several refinements from previous models and features a round rod bayonet design. Frequently seen during the Spanish American war carried by guard units. This particular piece is date marked 1892 on the stock with the serial number 544672. It is also marked with “G” designating its use in the Georgia National Guard. Its overall condition is excellent.

US Spencer Carbine Model 1865 50/52 Cal


US Spencer Carbine Model 1865 50/52 Cal

This is one of the 19000 Burnsides Spencer Carbines that were fitted with the Stabler cutoff, to allow single shot firing. The serial no. is 1957x and it was one of the 30000 purchased by the U.S. government. The overall condition of the gun is very fine. The oiled wood has only minor dings with no splits. The magazine is excellent as is the burr. It retains the original sights and the sling ring. The metal is a nice pleasing patina. The case colors have turned to silver. A really nice Spencer Carbine.

United States 25 Star Flag from 1870’s Arkansas


Great Old United States 25 Star Flag from 1870’s  with dancing Star pattern , Arkansas was the 25th Star to the Union, so might have for Centennial or Arkansas 50th  anniversary. $2800.00